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Drivers react to Team Principal silly season on social media

With several team bosses announcing their plans to move between teams at Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Sauber, drivers and other teams have reacted to the silly season on social media.

While it's common for the Formula 1 'silly season' to reference driver moves, this time it was senior personnel at teams that were triggering the musical chairs. The departure of Mattia Binotto triggered a merry-go-round of moves , leading to Frederic Vasseur to be name his successor. This left a gap for Andreas Seidl, who was looking to return to working with the Volkswagen Group in 2025 at the end of his McLaren contract , subsequently taking up a role early. The drivers used it as an opportunity to share their thoughts on the moves and pay tribute to their colleagues, while the remaining teams jokingly posted their take on the news. Check out the posts below.

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Mercedes, Haas, Alpine give their take

Three out of the five remaining teams without senior management news still gave their takes on social media, with Mercedes electing to jokingly write 'breaking news' for an announcement that seemingly did not announce anything. Alpine noted that Otmar Szafnauer, who joined from Aston Martin last winter, is now the fifth longest-serving team boss in Formula 1 after being at the team for nine months. Haas meanwhile posted an 'appreciation post' for their Team Principal Gunther Steiner.

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BREAKING: We’ve got nothing to announce, so here’s a photo of the Boss. 💪 pic.twitter.com/HIfAUatjz2 — Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) December 13, 2022

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Checking your phone and realising you are the fifth longest tenured Team Principal in F1 after only 9 months in charge 😉 #Alpine pic.twitter.com/bzDKBqoQkj — BWT Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) December 13, 2022

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Lots of Team Principals on the TL today. Here’s ours 😎 #HaasF1 pic.twitter.com/rgMwR3P7TE — Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) December 13, 2022

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